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The Get More Math Podcast is a specialized podcast created for teachers by teachers. We are passionate about helping students gain mastery and retention in mathematics. We provide the tools and resources to help teachers teach their students well. As we've shifted into remote learning environments, we want to be part of the conversation on implementing learning strategies and encouraging teachers.
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In this episode of the Get More Math podcast, Josh chats with Rita Sponenburg about how after 18 years of teaching math, the pandemic finally forced her to switch to a flipped classroom.  That coupled with Get More Math,  Rita is able to wake up each morning and reflect on how much she loves her job, not an easy thing to do in the middle of a pandemic.   Now that she’s adjusted, she says there’s no going back. We hope you enjoy this conversation! If you aren’t yet using GMM and you’d like to see what it’s all about, go to getmoremath.com  to learn more and sign up for a free trial.About our GuestRita has been teaching high school math,  at Pottsville Area High School (her alma mater) for almost 18 years. She started using GMM about 4 years ago when it was introduced to Pottsville.  Rita has two “sensational daughters: a 28-year-old chemist who lives in Chicago and works for a Northwestern University laboratory, and a 20-year-old free-spirited yoga teacher who is quite grounded and deeply insightful.” 
Imagine a world where you didn’t have to check homework every day. Sounds pretty great, right?! Listen to this episode with 6th-grade math teacher, Nichole Snyder as she and Josh discuss the ease of replacing dated homework tactics with time-saving GMM tactics!You’ll also hear Nichole and Josh talk about motivating students to do their best work. Take notes as you listen, they give fantastic ideas!We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn moreAbout our GuestThis is my 18th year of teaching at the Midd-West School District in Middleburg, Pennsylvania. For the first 12 years, I was the yearbook advisor, taught Precalculus, Trigonometry, as well as Algebra I & II, and served as math department chair. I currently teach 6th-grade math and continue to represent the math department at the curriculum council. I learned about GMM in 2018 and quickly realized this is what my team needed to pull us out of a standardized testing slump. We went from 15/16 in our region to #1 for growth on the Math PSSA! GMM made that possible for us. I am married with a son and two stepdaughters. We love to go on vacation, make S'mores around the campfire, and watch Disney movies. My hobbies include making scrapbooks and working out. 
In this episode of the Get More Math Podcast, we are sharing a delightful conversation between veteran GMM user, Mandy Beck, and Josh Britton. Mandy shares how she values accuracy over points gained and how starting with the basics is key for student success and confidence. She specifically shares a story of how a struggling student became one of her most engaged students just by using GMM. So inspiring! She also shares a great tip that all teachers need to know. Listen to find out what it is! We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn moreAbout our GuestI currently teach 8th Grade math at Tyrone Area Middle School in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.  This is my 14th year of teaching.  Throughout my career, I have taught anywhere from pre-algebra up through dual-enrollment Calculus.  I am married and have 3 stepsons.  We enjoy doing anything outside, including spending time on our boat on the lake.  We also love camping, hiking, and kayaking – especially with our dog Bear and our newest puppy Grizzly.
In this episode, Lari Gallaher shares how Get More Math has been especially useful in her remote classroom as she navigates education in the COVID era. Lari describes her “Flashback Fridays” and how she uses a “Mixed Review Sandwich” which closely resembles the method used by Josh in his own classroom while he was developing Get More Math. We hope you enjoy this episode!We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn moreAbout our GuestLari is a Pennsylvania math teacher and girls varsity soccer coach. She began using GetMoreMath in 2015.  In the beginning, she primarily used it to create worksheets, but slowly transitioned to using it 2 days a week in her Math Lab, mainly for retention of previously learned concepts. That progressed to using for homework purposes along with worksheets and note sheets. Now, she uses GMM as the Daily Warm-Up (Mixed Review), Assignment for new skills, and mixed review for homework. No more paper worksheets or tests.  
In this episode, we’re hearing from a long-time Get More Math user, Tiffany Smith.  As a high school Algebra teacher, she’s seen a dramatic change in students as more and more grade levels in her district utilize the program. Additionally, she shares a story of how creating Challenge Classes resulted in motivating the most unexpected students. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Tiffany and Josh!We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn moreAbout our GuestI graduated from Saint Francis University with a mathematics degree and concentration in actuarial science. I went back to school and got my teaching certification. I am currently a teacher of 9-12 graders. I currently teach Algebra 1, Algebra 2,  Statistics, and Pre-Calculus. I have been teaching at Tyrone High School for ten years. For the last 4 years, I have been an avid user of Get More Math in my classroom. It has truly changed my life as a teacher. Outside the classroom, I am a mom of two daughters, a three-year-old, and 6 month old. Our family loves anything outdoors including camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and working out.
In this episode, hear from Texas Teacher, Cody Kirkland. Through using Get More Math in his middle school classroom, Cody was able to change the overall landscape of how his students approached learning math. Bringing his energy and drive to the classroom, over time Cody saw his students not only improve their math skills but become excited about solving the problems and wanting to learn more. With the onset of COVID-19 protocols last spring his students were unable to take their standardized state tests, and if you can believe it, they were disappointed that they did not get to showcase their newfound love of math. We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more
We are back with a brand new season of the Get More Math Podcast focusing on sharing stories from real teachers who are seeing real results in their classrooms! We are kicking off this season by hearing from 2 Get More Math team members, Erica Martin and Chrystie Williams. Erica and Chrystie both share their stories of how they found Get More Math and how they implemented the program into their classrooms while they were teachers. We’re also sharing news and updates for Get More Math users and how we’re doing our best to support the current remote teaching environment.If you are a current Get More Math teacher, we invite you to join our Teachers Group on Facebook. It’s an incredible resource for teachers to ask questions, learn tips and tricks, and maybe even win a prize or two!We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more.
We're turning the tables this episode and putting Get More Math Podcast host, Josh Britton, in the hot seat! In this episode, Josh peels back the curtain and gives us a behind-the-scenes look during his teaching career and what prompted him to create Get More Math in the first place. We are always inspired by Josh's drive, innovation, and passion to help students achieve more than they think is possible and we think you'll be inspired as well. We hope you enjoy this conversation and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers!Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more.About our GuestJosh Britton, creator of Get More Math, loves teaching kids to think mathematically. During his 20-year tenure as a math teacher, he developed strategies for ensuring that students retain their mathematical gains. He developed Get More Math to help leverage his time in the classroom and ensure that all kids were able to grow their math skills.
In this unique episode, we're hearing from a 40-year classroom teacher veteran, Brenda Lynch. Brenda shares her stories with us, how the education landscape has changed over time and gives some great advice for new teachers who are just beginning their careers. Episode Highlights: Building relationships with students is key to classroom successThere is always something new for teachers to learn, don't be afraid of technology!Bringing students' curiosity to the math classroomStay current on information coming out, join teacher organizations to network and stay in the loopThe best thing you can do going into this new school year is be kind and patient with your school leaders, other teachers, parents, and students. Brand new teachers should "interview" school administrators to ensure a good fit with leadership style and teaching philosophyIf you don't like children, you shouldn't be a teacher. Find a new career you can be passionate aboutWe hope you enjoy this discussion and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers!Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more.About our GuestBrenda Lynch has been a teacher for 40 years.  She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Sam Houston State University.  Her career started in Spring ISD as a home economics teacher, transitioned to a driver education teacher for ESC 6 in Huntsville, and then to become a mathematics teacher in Spring, Willis, Conroe, and Montgomery ISDs. She served 3 years as the Secondary Math Specialist for Region 6 Education Service Center before relocating to New Caney ISD as their Secondary Math Instructional Specialist. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Lone Star College periodically over the last 20 years. Brenda has spent her entire career sharing her joy of learning with students and teachers and looking forward to the new phase in her life...retirement!   
In this episode, listen to a riveting conversation between Get More Math founder and podcast host, Josh Britton, and Jay Meadows. During Jay's time in the classroom, his teaching philosophy was to never give any answers but empower his students to figure out the problems. Episode Highlights: the excitement students feel when they figure out answers to their own problemsteaching is like brain surgery, but without cuttinghow Jay conducted his classroomhow kids discovering answers for themselves sticks in the long term helping kids discover their own capacity in the classroomWe hope you enjoy this discussion and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers!Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more.About our GuestJay has been working in education for over 25 years.  Many years ago, Jay was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Altai Mountains of Kazakhstan where he worked to help establish a school that focused on the English language, environmental science, and economics.  Jay spent several years working on educational exchange programs for the US State Department before spending a decade in a middle school in Vermont teaching math and science.  Jay has spent the past three years working as the Chief Education Officer for Exemplars, who focus on developing performance tasks for students grades K-12.  Jay's mission in life is to help prepare students to solve the problems of the 21st Century.  Jay's favorite job was working as a Divemaster on the tropical island of Koh Tao in Thailand for a year.  Jay is currently working on his second master's degree through the Vermont Mathematics Institute in Mathematics.  cla
In this episode, we're having a conversation with math teacher and coach, Anne Agostinelli, focusing on the concept of Interleaving in Math. Anne and Josh go back and forth defining interleaving, how she's implemented interleaving in her lessons, and how her students respond to this method. In this episode we discuss: How interleaving focuses more on the big picture so that when you're practicing, you're practicing a lot of different things at once, not just one skill that you did that day in classWhat interleaving homework assignments look likeHow her students responded to interleavingThe idea of "desirable difficulty"Blocked practice vs interleavedTransitioning from blocked to interleavedResources Mentioned: Interleaving in Math by Poojah K. Agarwal and Anne AgostinelliPowerful Teaching by Pooja K. AgarwalWe hope you enjoy this discussion and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math.Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers!Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more. About our GuestAnne Agostinelli has taught middle school mathematics in the Chicago Public Schools since 2005, with a few years as a Senior Mathematics Coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago mixed in. She is a founding member of the Chicago Math Teachers' Circle and lives in the city with her husband, Billy, and their dog, Groot. She enjoys the energy problem solving evokes in both students and adults and is interested in how people learn. Make sure to check out her blog, 53 Degree Shift, and follow her on Twitter
In the finale of season one, you’ll hear a round table discussion with founder, Josh Britton, and 3 Get More Math team members: Robin, Shelly and Jeff. While we cover a lot of ground in this discussion, what is most evident is the heart for seeing students learn, retain, and get excited about math.In this episode we discuss: the issues with the traditional math education model how Get More Math solves the issue of the need for mixed review with an individualized approach real-life stories and examples of how Get More Math is utilized in the classroom how teachers can set expectations for what the next school year might look like. Resources/Tools mentioned in this episode: Josh's introduction video explaining Get More MathWe hope you enjoy this discussion and are encouraged to continue using Get More Math in your classroom or interested to learn more about how you can start using Get More Math. Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers!Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more. 
In this episode, Josh speaks with School Counselor, Monique Nelson. We wanted to have a dialogue specifically about student and teacher mental health as we begin wrapping up the 2019-2020 school year. Monique gives us great insight on helping students navigate through the grief they most likely are experiencing, what teachers should watch out for to assess the well being of their students and encouragement for teachers on dealing with their own mental health. In this episode we discuss: helping teenagers recognize and navigate through griefsigns to watch out for on well-being check-insthe emotional experience teachers are facinghow parents can help teens with sleeping habitsResources/ Tools Mentioned: Kubler-Ross Model of GriefWe hope you enjoy this interview and are encouraged to approach your students with deeper empathy and understanding. We would love to hear from you as you continue listening to our show. If you are a teacher, parent, or administrator, reach out to us a Podcast@getmoremath.com and let us know what you're doing to adjust during the COVID era.Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers! Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more. About our Guest:Hello, my name is Monique Nelson. My career began in education as a classroom teacher in 1998. Although I did not anticipate teaching Kindergarten, I spent many years in Kinder Land and absolutely adored it.  My life, among many others’ lives, had a major plot twist that inspired me to pursue my life long dream of obtaining a Masters degree in Psychology and become a Marriage and Family Therapist.  I am currently awaiting my clinical exam date to become licensed.  I recently accepted a position as a crisis counselor at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, California.  My love for education and mental health makes my career so very enriching!  My husband and I have four (almost all) adult children that we admire for their unique abilities and passions. We enjoy camping near the Pacific Ocean and BBQing with our family and friends. 
In this episode Math Teacher, Tara Crebs, shares with us how she's adapting her strategies to fit the needs of her students. She is doing her best to engage and encourage her students during this time as well as implementing self-care to prevent burnout. Tara vulnerably shares with us what it's been like for her and how she's taking care of herself. In this episode we discuss: using PDFs and Gmail to write on student's work and show the stepshow Tara is using Get More Math virtuallygetting creative in motivating studentsthe emotional toll remote learning takes on teachersstructuring the day like a typical school day implementing self-care during planning periodsHelpful Links and ResourcesGet More Math SoftwareGoogle Classroom Mr. Sticky's Famous Sticky BunsProviding Remote Instruction and Creating Video Lessons with Get More Math WebinarWe hope you enjoy this interview! We would love to hear from you as you continue listening to our show. If you are a teacher, parent, or administrator, reach out to us a Podcast@getmoremath.com and let us know what you're doing to adjust during the COVID era.Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers! Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more. About our Guest:Tara has taught at Montoursville Area High School since the 2009-2010 school year (11 years!). She currently teaches 9th - 10th Algebra IA, 9th-10th Algebra I, 12th Consumer Review. Prior to teaching, Tara spent 7 years as an admissions office counselor and Associate Director, then spent 9 years as a stay-at-home mom to two boys.
Get ready for a pep talk from our friend, Math Teacher, and Coach, Jeff Swarr! During this episode, Jeff walks us through his core teaching principles of meeting each student where they are and always putting relationships first. Jeff and Josh bat back and forth on what it means to be authentic and the importance of viewing this challenging season as a time of great opportunity. Let Coach Swarr’s enthusiasm and optimism fire you up for finishing this school year strong!Episode Highlights:the value of creating a routine that matched the previous school schedulethe importance of positivity setting the tone for meetings with fellow teachersviewing this challenging season as an opportunity for growth learning, not grades are the real rewards for studentsinstilling relational values of a "people first" mentality in your studentsHelpful Links and ResourcesGet More Math SoftwareThe Hinge by Dr. Rob BellJon Gordon's Word of the Year MethodWe hope you enjoy this interview! We would love to hear from you as you continue listening to our show. If you are a teacher, parent, or administrator, reach out to us a Podcast@getmoremath.com and let us know what you're doing to adjust during the COVID era. Great news! Our show was selected as one of the top 25 Podcasts for Teachers! Thank you for all of the support thus far. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more. About our Guest: Jeff Swarr is a husband, father, teacher, coach, mentor, author, and entrepreneur. He resides in Lancaster, PA with his wife Emily and three boys, Simon, Spencer, and Shepherd. Jeff has been a Special Education Teacher for 20 years and currently coaches high school baseball where he teaches. Jeff is the owner of Heart of a Competitor, LLC, a performance enhancement consulting firm where he coaches athletes of all ages to build their mental skills to perform at their best. He has also authored two books, A Competitor's Heart: 369 Days of Development and Musings: 370 Quick-Hitting Reflections.Regardless of the title, Jeff lives out five Core Values of Learn, Teach, Serve, Gratitude, and Heart.
This episode is from the perspective of a high school administrator, Ed Pelfrey. Like all of us, Mr. Pelfrey has never had to quickly create a distance learning system before. In his interview with Josh, Mr. Pelfrey shares with us how his students were set up to succeed in distance learning because of the initiatives set in place before COVID-19 and how he is supporting teachers as they connect with their students. In this episode we discuss how Mr. Pelfry is: setting enrichment expectations for what the students have already learnedcommitted to maintaining a positive mindset shift with students and facultyhow they leverage positive behavior reward at his schoolHelpful Links and ResourcesGet More Math SoftwareGoogle ClassroomKajeet HeroWe hope you enjoy this interview! We would love to hear from you as you continue listening to our show. If you are a teacher, parent, or administrator, reach out to us a Podcast@getmoremath.com and let us know what you're doing to adjust during the COVID era. If you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn more
In this episode of the Get More Math podcast, you’ll hear a candid conversation with educator Joan Shearman. With 33 years of classroom experience under her belt, Joan is continuing to try new ways to connect with her students during the COVID era. Listen in to her conversation with Josh to discover how she is evolving to address the challenges she’s facing with her students. In this episode we discuss how Joan is: adjusting to using new online technologymaking herself available to students and parentstailoring lessons to individual studentsconnecting with her students through individualized messagingIf you’d like to know more or see what it’s all about, we’d like to give you a free trial! Go to GetMoreMath.com to learn moreHelpful Links and ResourcesGet More Math SoftwareGoogle ClassroomKhan AcademyWe hope you enjoy this interview! Drop us a comment or email us at podcast@getmoremath.com and let us know what you think of this episode. 
We’re all making adjustments during the COVID-19 crisis, especially schools. No matter how long a teacher has taught in a classroom, distance learning on this scale is a first in our lifetime. In this episode, you’ll listen in on a discussion with a technology-driven teacher, Mrs. Cox, and hear how she’s adjusting to this new normal. Mrs. Cox shares with us how she’s adapting her lessons, making herself available to students, and ways she’s continuing to build relationships through remote learning.In this episode we discuss how Mrs. Cox is: shifting to the online teaching format by creating teaching video lessonsgetting comfortable with teaching to the cameracontinuing to use the Get More Math classroom software. maintaining the relational connection between students and teachersadjusting to no face-to-face interaction or real-time conversation during lessonsmanaging the shift of accountability from teacher-to-student to parent-to-studentWe're also discussing ways teachers can start implementing a more structured digital environment. You also hear how Mrs. Cox is still using our math education software during this period of distance learning. If you'd like to know more or see what it's all about, we'd like to give you a free trial! Go to Getmoremath.com to learn more! Helpful Links and ResourcesGet More Math SoftwareKhan AcademyWacom - Intuos Wireless Graphic Tablet *In the interview, Josh mentioned that this tablet costs $30-$40, but that information is no longer accurate.We hope you enjoy this interview! Drop us a comment or email us at podcast@getmoremath.com and let us know what you think of this episode. 
The Get More Math Podcast is a brand new show specifically designed to inspire and encourage educators in this season of distance learning. We want to be a part of the education conversation and serve as a helpful resource for teachers. How does Get More Math help teachers? Over the past 5 years we've been building a network of educators and administrators. We're inviting members of our network to share their stories with you; what's working or not working in their classrooms, tips and advice from real teachers, and encouragement to try new things when connecting and educating your students. This brief trailer takes a look at why Get More Math founder and former teacher, Josh Britton decided to create a specialty in-class software to help his students succeed in math. Listen in as we tell a piece of that story and share a word of encouragement for teachers in this unprecedented time of education. 
In this episode of the Get More Math podcast, Josh is joined by two math teachers from Daniel Boone High School in Gray, Tennessee.  Listen as both teachers explain how they have adjusted to the difficulties of remote teaching and how their students advocated for GMM, even going so far as to write letters to the board to ensure they’d get to continue using the program. We hope you enjoy this conversation! If you aren’t yet using GMM and you’d like to see what it’s all about, go to getmoremath.com to learn more and sign up for a free trial. About our GuestsChrista Oeder is in her 11th year as a teacher and in her 4th year using GMM. Originally from Ohio, she currently lives in Johnson City, TN. She has enjoyed teaching high school math courses throughout the years, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus. Her current focus is in Algebra 2.Erika Hale was born and raised in West Virginia but went to high school in Illinois before eventually settling in Gray, TN.  She has been teaching for 5 years and has been using GMM for 3. She is married with 3 kids, 6 cats, and a dog. Yes, you read that correctly, 6 cats. 
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